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1,414 new COVID-19 cases push Philippines’ total to 564,865

The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday reported 1,414 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections, bringing the total to 564,865, as eight laboratories failed to submit data on time.

Total recoveries climbed to 522,941 after 72 more patients recovered from the illness while 16 new fatalities brought the death toll to 12,107.

Five duplicate cases were removed from the total case count while three cases previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

Of the remaining 29,817 active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine, 88.4 percent are mild, 5.7 percent are asymptomatic, 2.5 percent are severe, and 2.6 percent are in critical condition.

Data from the DOH also showed that 60 percent of the country’s intensive care unit beds are available while 78 percent of the mechanical ventilators are ready for use.

Malacañang has announced that the country will not be placed under the least stringent modified general community quarantine before COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out.

This decision was welcomed by the OCTA Research Group, saying it is needed to bring down the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.—LDF, GMA News